The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of American Fantasy #42

6 comments :

SUZANNEGOSS said...

I just saw this in the Smithsonian American History Museum and was amazed!

vibrocount said...

I owned one of these! Basic binary 4 bit analog computer, made from plastic and metal wire. It gave me my first basic computing skills (from which I never advanced). The clock is the slide near the bottom... slide it out to the right, then back in.

Mrrspidey said...

I had one of these, too. Never figure out how to work the *&^(&*^ thing!

K. R. Seward said...

Got this or something like it from Edmund Scientific when I was a kid. Never even got close to putting it together, much less using it.

Long on aspiration, short on follow-through and know-how. Stray pieces would show up here & there for years afterward.

Closest to that since that was writing 10 or 20 lines of BASIC to use the SID chip in a Commodore 64 as a wah-wah. Not a computer person by any stretch . . .

Tempest said...

Can you download porn with this?

jsom said...

More powerful than Ray Milland and Rosey Grier combined!